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Number Nine ships the first 128-bit Graphics Accelerator Board; The Imagine128 Graphics Accelerator Board provides the fastest performance across all color modes, optimizing graphics-intensive applications.

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 1994--Number Nine Computer Corp. announced Thursday the general availability of the Imagine 128 Graphics Accelerator Board.

The new board is based on Number Nine's own Imagine128 graphics and multimedia processor and delivers the fastest performance ever for graphics-intensive PC applications.

The Imagine128 Graphics Accelerator Board is designed specifically for Pentium-based PCs and will take advantage of future high performance CPU technologies, as host processor and bus performance grow to match the performance bandwidth of the current Imagine128 board. This extended processing power provides investment protection, and ensures that graphics professionals will have the ability to exploit the latest technologies without having to upgrade the graphics accelerator board.

"Speed and performance have always been critical in the high end of this market," said Andy Najda, president of Number Nine Computer Corp. "With the availability of Pentium-class PCs, we knew our customers would demand higher performance from their graphics accelerator board as well. We have responded with a product that will significantly upgrade the quality of high end true color graphics applications."

Availability with the Dell Dimension XPS P90 System

The Imagine128 is now shipping as part of the new Dell Dimension XPS P90 personal computer from Dell Computer Corp. Dell chose the Imagine128 board because it delivers increased performance over 64-bit products in 256 to 16.8 million color modes:

"Our Dell Dimension XPS P90 is designed with the highest levels of performance available," said Doug MacGregor, vice president of Desktop Products win for Dell Computer Corp. "We wanted to provide our customers with graphics performance that is second to none. The Imagine128 Graphics Accelerator Board delivers the performance we need."

High Performance for Graphic Intensive Applications

For complex imaging and multimedia applications, speed and consistency of performance across color modes is critical. The Imagine128 processor includes an optimized 128-bit memory controller that handles traffic to and from the processor at sustained bandwidths to 500 MB/second. The extra-high bandwidth provided ensures that the speed remains nearly constant across all color modes. As a result, there is no noticeable performance loss when color depth is increased to 16-bit (65,000 colors), or even 32-bit (16.8 million) true color. A wide variety of drawing primitives and display functions are supported, such as bit-bit rates of 165 million pixels per second within Windows.

A sneak preview of the Imagine128 board, recently reviewed in the November `94 issue of PC/Computing, noted that the board was 163 percent faster than typical 64-bit VRAM graphics adapters and 861 percent faster than their 32-bit, baseline graphics adapter. All boards were tested at 1024 by 768 with 16.8 million colors running on a 66Mhz Pentium computer. The results confirmed that the Imagine 128 was the fastest graphics accelerator that they had ever tested.

The Imagine128 has been tested against industry accepted benchmarks, including WinBench 4.0. Yields reached have been 54 million at 256 colors, 49 million at 65,000 colors and 39.5 million at 16.8 million colors. Testing results were achieved using a Dell XPS 100MHz Pentium PCI system, 256 Kb Cache, 16MB RAM and a display resolution set to 1024 by 768.

Pricing and Availability

Available in two models, both versions of the Imagine128 board support 4MB of VRAM memory. The base level board supports displayable resolutions up to 1280 x 1024 with 65K colors at up to 80Hz, and the high end board supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 with 65K colors at up to 76Hz. Suggested list prices are $999 and $1,499, respectively. The Imagine 128 board is available for immediate delivery at Dell Computer and at North American distributors such as Ingram Micro, Merisel, Tech Data, ICG, GTI, Law Cypress, Forefront Graphics, as well as distributors in most major international markets.


The Imagine128 Graphics and Multimedia Processor (the processor chip) was first shown at COMDEX/Spring `94 in Atlanta. Within days of its introduction, the Imagine128 processor had won BYTE Magazine's "Best of COMDEX/Spring `94 Award" for all peripheral products. The Imagine128 Graphics Accelerator is currently a Finalist for PC/Computing's 1994 MVP Award in the graphics adapter category. The MVP Award winners will be chosen on Nov. 13, 1994, at COMDEX/Fall in Las Vegas. Imagine128 can be seen in the Number Nine booth at the Sands Convention Center (Booth No. S6203).

Number Nine Computer Corp., founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in Lexington, Mass. The company is a pioneer in PC graphics, delivering the first 256-color and 16.8 million-color cards, and the first cards to process graphics independently of the host CPU. In addition to its headquarters, Number Nine has marketing and sales offices in Santa Cruz, Calif., Munich, Germany and Tokyo.


Note to Editors: Number Nine is a registered trademark and Imagine128 are trademarks of Number Nine Computer Corp. All rights reserved.

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